Arts and Humanities faculty ovations: Spring 2020

Faulty Ovations

Faculty ovations are a regular series that allows us to applaud our faculty for their achievements in the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State. Their hard work and accomplishments directly impact our students, college, university, and the wider community. 

We ask that you join us in giving a round of applause to:

Mona Rocha, for her book “The Weatherwomen: Militant Feminists of the Weather Underground” published by McFarland. The book examines the actions and writings of “Weatherwomen” — members of the Weather Underground Organization in the late 1960s, and their work to stamp out sexism and social injustice.

The Weather Women - Militant Feminists of the Weather Underground by Mona Rocha.

Dr. Veena Howard, for her article “Heart Unity: Gandhi’s Insights for Building Strong Interfaith Relations,” published in The article examines the principle Gandhi used to build interfaith relationships and how this spirit of cooperation is still necessary in today’s world.

Dr. Devendra Sharma, for his latest publication, “En Nuestra Casa No Hay Chinchorros: A Youth-Oriented, Participatory Approach to Chagas Prevention in Guara, Loja Province, Ecuador” in the journal, Frontiers in Communication. Dr. Sharma and his team describe the use of entertainment-education in a health campaign in Loja province in Ecuador to combat Chagas disease, which infects millions and can cause long-term, debilitating illness.

Dr. Vadim Keyser for co-writing the chapter “Robust Biomarkers: Methodologically Tracking Causal Processes in Alzheimer’s Measurement,” in “Uncertainty in Pharmacology.” The chapter aims to reliably track the causes of Alzheimer’s by resolving conflicting biomarker measurement data.

Diniz Borges for his book “À Sombra da Saudade – Vivências Portuguesas na Califórnia” published by Letras Lavadas. The book examines the cultural, political and social dialogue between the Portuguese communities in California – mostly Azorean – and the other Portuguese wherever they are.

Flier for a book presentation event in the Azores.
Flier for a book presentation event in the Azores.

Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor for his involvement with the MLK March in Downtown Fresno on Monday, Jan. 20.

Fresno MLK march n the front page of the Fresno Bee on Feb. 21, 2020.
Fresno MLK march n the front page of the Fresno Bee on Feb. 21, 2020.

Did we miss your accomplishments? Submit this short form or email Benjamin Kirk at

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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